List of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Polish actors, actresses, and films that have either been submitted or nominated for, or have won, an Academy Award. This list is current as of the 80th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 24, 2008. There were 12 Academy Awards given to Polish filmmakers or their work (see Foreign Film category), including two Honorary Academy Awards and a Technical Achievement Award. The category of Cinematography has the strongest presence of Polish filmmakers, with two wins (both by Janusz Kaminski) and five other nominations (including two noms for Kaminski). As of that, the cinematographer Janusz Kaminski is the most Oscar-awarded Polish filmmaker. The second most-awarded Pole was designer Anton Grot, who won one Academy Award and was nominated to the Oscars five times more. The director Roman Polanski won an Oscar and was nominated four more times (additionally, Knife in the Water, film directed and written by him was also nominated). The composer Bronislau Kaper was awarded an Oscar and was nominated three times more.

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born people of the cinema.

Academy Honorary Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1942 Leopold Stokowski and his associates Fantasia Won "For their unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music in Walt Disney's production Fantasia, thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form." They were not awarded the Oscar statuettes, but only the Certificate of Merit. Stokowski is widely considered as Polish, besides his British-born and American-naturalised nationality.
1999 Andrzej Wajda Won "In recognition of five decades of extraordinary film direction."

Scientific and Technical Award[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Scientific and Technical Award
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1941 Anton Grot Won (Warner Bros. Studio Art Dept.). "For the design and perfection of the Warner Bros. water ripple and wave illusion machine."
1965 Stefan Kudelski Won "For the design and perfection of the Nagra machine."
1977 Stefan Kudelski Won "For the design and perfection of the Nagra machine."
1978 Stefan Kudelski Won "For the design and perfection of the Nagra machine."
1988 Tad Krzanowski Won "For the development of a Wire Rig Model Support Mechanism used to control the movements of miniatures in special effects."

Best Actress- Leading[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born actresses.

Academy Award for Best Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1967 Ida Kaminska The Shop on Main Street Nominated
1980 Sissy Spacek Coal Miner's Daughter Won Spacek is American of Polish, as well as English, Czech, German, Irish, and Moravian, descent.

Best Actress- Supporting[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born actresses.

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2014 Patricia Arquette Boyhood Won Arquette is American of Polish-Jewish, as well as Russian-Jewish, descent.

Best Animated Feature[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born directors/producers.

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2011 Gore Verbinski Rango Won Verbinski is American of Polish descent (father was Polish-American).

Best Art Direction[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born scenic designers.

Art Direction
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1931 Anton Grot Svengali Nominated
1937 Anton Grot Anthony Adverse Nominated
1938 Anton Grot The Life of Emile Zola Nominated
1940 Anton Grot The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Nominated
1941 Anton Grot The Sea Hawk Nominated Best Art Direction, Black-and-White
1994 Ewa Braun
Allan Starski
Schindler's List Won

Best Costume Design[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born costume designers.

Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1994 Anna B. Sheppard Schindler's List Nominated
2003 Anna B. Sheppard The Pianist Nominated
2014 Anna B. Sheppard Maleficent Nominated

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born cinematographers.

Cinematography
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1940 Rudolph Maté Foreign Correspondent Nominated
1941 Rudolph Maté That Hamilton Woman Nominated
1942 Rudolph Maté The Pride of the Yankees Nominated
1943 Rudolph Maté Sahara Nominated
1944 Rudolph Maté Cover Girl Nominated Shared with Allen M. Davey
1993 Janusz Kamiński Schindler's List Won
1994 Piotr Sobocinski Three Colors: Red Nominated (original title: Trois couleurs: Rouge)
1997 Janusz Kamiński Amistad Nominated
1998 Janusz Kamiński Saving Private Ryan Won
2001 Slawomir Idziak Black Hawk Down Nominated
2002 Pawel Edelman The Pianist Nominated
2007 Janusz Kamiński The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Nominated
2011 Janusz Kamiński War Horse Nominated
2012 Janusz Kamiński Lincoln Nominated
2014 Łukasz Żal

Ryszard Lenczewski

Ida Nominated

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born directors.

Director
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1974 Roman Polanski Chinatown Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish director.
1980 Roman Polanski Tess Nominated
1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski Three Colors: Red Nominated
2002 Roman Polanski The Pianist Won First (and only) Polish director to win Best Director.

Best Picture[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born producers and/or Polish films in a different meaning.

Academy Award for Best Picture
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1943 Hal B. Wallis Casablanca Won Wallis was born to Ashkenazi Jewish parents from the Suwałki region of Poland who changed their surname to Wallis.
1956 Mike Todd Around the World in 80 Days Won Todd was American of Polish-Jewish descent (parents were Polish-Jewish immigrants).
1959 Sam Zimbalist Ben-Hur Won Zimbalist was American of Polish-Jewish descent. Posthumous win. First and only person of any ethnicity to posthumously win Best Picture.
1967 Walter Mirisch In the Heat of the Night Won Mirisch is American of Polish-Jewish descent.
1973 Julia Phillips The Sting Won Phillips was American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Michael Phillips and Tony Bill.
1975 Saul Zaentz One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Won Zaentz was American of Polish-Jewish descent (born to immigrant Jewish parents in 1921).
1984 Saul Zaentz Amadeus Won
1986 Arnold Kopelson Platoon Won Kopelson is American of Polish-Jewish descent.
1994 Steve Tisch Forrest Gump Won Tisch is American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Wendy Finerman and Steve Starkey.
1996 Saul Zaentz The English Patient Won
2002 Roman Polanski The Pianist Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish producer.
Nominated with Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

This list focuses on essentially Polish films and directors and producers of other non-English language films.

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1963 Roman Polanski Knife in the Water Nominated
1966 Jerzy Kawalerowicz Faraon Nominated
1974 Jerzy Hoffman The Deluge Nominated
1975 Andrzej Wajda Land of Promise Nominated
1976 Jerzy Antczak Nights and Days Nominated
1979 Andrzej Wajda The Maids of Wilko Nominated
1981 Andrzej Wajda Man of Iron Nominated
2007 Andrzej Wajda Katyń Nominated
2011 Agnieszka Holland In Darkness Nominated
2014 Paweł Pawlikowski Ida Won

Best Original Music Score[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born composers.

Original Score
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1938 Alfred Newman Alexander's Ragtime Band Won Best Music, Scoring. Newman was American of Polish-Jewish, as well as Russian-Jewish, descent.
1942 Bronislau Kaper The Chocolate Soldier Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
1943 Frederic Efrem Rich Stage Door Canteen Nominated Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
1943 Alfred Newman The Song of Bernadette Won Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
1944 Frederic Efrem Rich Jack London Nominated Frederic Efrem Rich was a Polish-born American bandleader and composer. Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
1945 Alexandre Tansman Paris Underground Nominated Alexandre Tansman was a Polish-born French composer and virtuoso pianist.
1947 Alfred Newman Mother Wore Tights Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
1951 Saul Chaplin An American in Paris Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. Chaplin was American of Polish descent. Shared with Johnny Green.
1952 Alfred Newman With a Song in My Heart Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
1953 Bronislau Kaper Lili Won Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
1953 Alfred Newman Call Me Madam Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
1954 Saul Chaplin Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. Shared with Adolph Deutsch.
1955 Alfred Newman Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Won Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
1956 Alfred Newman The King and I Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. Shared with Ken Darby.
1956 Victor Young Around the World in 80 Days Won Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Young was American of Polish-Jewish descent. Posthumous win.
1961 Irwin Kostal
Saul Chaplin
West Side Story Won Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture. Kostal was American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Johnny Green and Sid Ramin.
1962 Bronislau Kaper Mutiny on the Bounty Nominated Best Music, Score - Substantially Original
1965 Irwin Kostal The Sound of Music Won Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment.
1967 Alfred Newman Camelot Won Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment. Shared with Ken Darby.
1969 Lionel Newman Hello, Dolly! Won Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (original or adaptation). Lionel Newman was the brother of Alfred Newman. Shared with Lennie Hayton.
1989 Alan Menken The Little Mermaid Won Best Music, Original Score. Menken is American of Polish-Jewish descent.
1991 Alan Menken Beauty and the Beast Won Best Music, Original Score.
1992 Alan Menken Aladdin Won Best Music, Original Score.
1995 Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz
Pocahontas Won Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score. Schwartz is American of Polish-Jewish descent.
2004 Jan A. P. Kaczmarek Finding Neverland Won Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Best Original Song[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born composers and writers.

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Name Film Song Status Milestone/Notes
1962 Bronislaw Kaper Mutiny on the Bounty "Follow" Nominated Shared with Paul Francis Webster.
1963 Sammy Cahn Papa's Delicate Condition "Call Me Irresponsible" Won Cahn was American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Jimmy Van Heusen.
1965 Johnny Mandel The Sandpiper "The Shadow of Your Smile" Won Mandel is American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Paul Francis Webster.
1989 Alan Menken The Little Mermaid "Under the Sea" Won Menken is American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Howard Ashman.
1991 Alan Menken Beauty and the Beast "Beauty and the Beast" Won . Shared with Howard Ashman.
1995 Alan Menken
Stephen Schwartz
Pocahontas "Colors of the Wind" Won Schwartz is American of Polish-Jewish descent.
1998 Stephen Schwartz The Prince of Egypt "When You Believe" Won
2013 Karen Orzolek Her "The Moon Song" Nominated Shared with Spike Jonze. O is Korean-born Polish.

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1943 Eugeniusz Cękalski The White Eagle Nominated A Polish-British co-production; the nomination was credited to Cocanen Films and not to the director, who was Eugeniusz Cękalski.
1981 Marvin Hier Genocide Won Hier is American of Polish-Jewish descent. Shared with Arnold Schwartzman.
1991 Irving Saraf In the Shadow of the Stars Won Irving Saraf was a Polish-born American film producer, film editor, film director and academic. Shared with Allie Light

Best Live Action Short Film[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
2001 Sławomir Fabicki
Bogumił Godfrejow
A Man Thing Nominated

Best Documentary (Short Subject)[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1973 Tadeusz Jaworski Selling Out Nominated
1995 Marcel Łoziński 89mm from Europe Nominated
2005 Hanna Polak
Andrzej Celiński
The Children of Leningradsky Nominated
2010 Bartek Konopka Rabbit à la Berlin Nominated
2014 Aneta Kopacz Joanna Nominated
2014 Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki Our Curse Nominated

Best Short Film – Animated[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born filmmakers.

Academy Award for Animated Short Film
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1982 Zbigniew Rybczyński Tango Won
2002 Tomek Baginski The Cathedral Nominated
2008 Maciek Szczerbowski Madame Tutli-Putli Nominated A Canadian film co-directed (with Chris Lavis) and co-written (with another Pole, Maciek Tomaszewski, and Chris Lavis) by Maciek Szczerbowski. Nomination shared with Chris Lavis.
2008 Suzie Templeton
Hugh Welchman
Peter & the Wolf Won An international co-production with major Polish and British contributions; produced by and made in the Se-ma-for studios in Łódź, Poland.

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1960 Richard Brooks Elmer Gantry Won Brooks was American of Polish-Jewish and Russian-Jewish descent (born to Russian-Jewish immigrants in 1912).
1961 Abby Mann Judgment at Nuremberg Won Mann was American of Polish-Jewish and Russian-Jewish descent (born to Russian-Jewish immigrants in 1927).
1968 Roman Polanski Rosemary's Baby Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish writer.
1991 Agnieszka Holland Europa Europa Nominated

Best Writing – Original Screenplay[edit]

This list focuses on Polish-born screenplay writers.

Academy Award for Writing (Original Screenplay)
Year Name Film Status Milestone/Notes
1974 Robert Towne Chinatown Won Towne is American of Polish-Jewish, Romanian-Jewish, and Russian-Jewish descent.
1994 Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Three Colors: Red Nominated

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